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Cosmetic Facial Procedures

Cosmetic facial procedures include:

Browlift A browlift is a surgical procedure to improve expression lines or other signs of aging in the forehead. A brow lift:

  • Minimizes the creases that develop across the forehead, or those occurring high on the bridge of the nose between the eyes
  • Improves frown lines
  • Repositions a low or sagging brow that is hooding the upper eyelid
  • Raises the eyebrows

Procedural Steps: Brow lift surgery can be performed through multiple limited incisions hidden within the hairline, or through a single incision in the natural crease of each upper eyelid.

Results:  Swelling should subside in 2-4 weeks. Final results may appear within 1-2 months. Incision lines will continue to refine and fade for up to 1 year. ( back to top)

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Cosmetic eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, restoring firmness to the area surrounding the eyes.

Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or hides the natural contour of the upper eyelid
  • Excess skin that hangs down from the upper eyelid
  • Excess fat that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

Procedural Steps: An incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid allows access to remove excess skin, muscle and underlying fatty tissue. Using an incision inside the lower eyelid, fat is removed or redistributed, and muscle is modified to correct a baggy lower eyelid. An incision just below the lower lash line allows excess skin to be removed.

Results: Bruising should subside in 5-10 days and swelling should subside in 2-4 weeks. Final results may appear in 1-2 months. Incision lines will continue to refine and fade  for 1 year. ( back to top) Correction of Prominent Ears Ear surgery is usually performed to set prominent ears back/closer to the head, or to reduce the size of ears that are large in proportion to other features. Generally, this surgery is performed on children, however ear surgery on adults is also possible. Procedural Steps: A small incision in the back of the ear is made to expose the cartilage. Then the surgeon sculpts the cartilage and bends it back toward the head. Non-removable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape. Another technique involves a similar incision in the back of the ear. Skin is removed and stitches are used to fold the cartilage back on itself to reshape the ear without removing cartilage.

Results: Ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time. The patient's head will be wrapped in a bulky bandage immediately following surgery to promote the best molding and healing. The ears may throb or ache a little for a few days. Within a few days, the bulky bandages will be replaced by a lighter head dressing similar to a headband. Stitches are usually removed, or will dissolve, in about a week. ( back to top)

Facelift A facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:

  • Sagging in the mid face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids and between the nose and mouth
  • Fat that has fallen or is displaced
  • Loss of muscle tone in the lower face
  • Loose skin and excess fat under the chin and jaw

Procedural Steps: Typically incisions begin within the hairline, above the temple, and continue along or just inside the ear. This allows access to tighten underlying tissue, remove excess fat and reduce sagging skin. A second incision under the chin is sometimes necessary.

Results: Swelling and bruising should subside within 2-4 weeks. Final results may be apparent in 1-2 months. Incision lines will continue to refine and fade for 1 year. ( back to top) Necklift A necklift is a procedure used to enhance the appearance of the neck and to address various cosmetic issues, including:

  • Excess fat
  • Too much skin
  • Turkey Wattle-weakened or loose neck muscles

Procedural Steps: The neck lift is actually a combination of procedures. The first procedure is cervicoplasty (excess skin is removed), and the second procedure is platysmaplasty (where neck muscles are removed or altered). During cervicoplasty, two incisions are made either under or behind the ear. When combined with a platysmaplasty, a small incision is made under the chin. Sections of skin are trimmed, lifted into place and sutured. Then, a section of fat and muscle is removed and the ends are sutured together at the front of the neck. The skin can be brought together under or behind the ear to further firm up appearance of the neck. Results: Patients wear a compression garment for several days after necklift surgery to help healing faster. Swelling takes a few weeks to subside, however patients should be able to start seeing the results of their neck lift within a week following surgery. Patients will notice more definition in their neck and under the jaw line. ( back to top ) Rhinoplasty Rhinoplasty, or surgery of the nose, improves the appearance and proportion of your nose. This surgery may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.

Rhinoplasty can change:

  • Nose size, in relation to facial balance
  • Nose width, at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils
  • Nose profile, with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
  • Nasal tip, that is enlarged, drooping, upturned or hooked
  • Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned
  • Nasal asymmetry

Procedural Steps: Incisions hidden at the nostril base and/or inside the nose allow access to reshape underlying cartilage and/or bone. This may include lowering humps, narrowing of nasal bones, shaping of the nasal tip or nostril size, and improving the angle between the nose and the upper lip.

Results: Change may be seen within 6-8 weeks following surgery, with continued refinement for 6-12 months. ( back to top)

Last Updated: 10/17/13